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All event traffic must use Krause Road. Fourth of July Celebration presented by Virginia Credit Union will take place at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds (10300 Courthouse Road). Download Driving Directions (PDF) for step-by-step instructions on how to get there. Gates open at 5 p.m. All bags and coolers are subject to search.
Parking is available across from the Fairgrounds in lots at LC Bird High School, Chesterfield Technical Center and OB Gates Elementary School, and the Parks and Recreation Maintenance Office. Some roads around the Fairgrounds area will be closed. Traffic must enter via Krause Road.
Once lots are full, traffic will be rerouted to other areas.
Parking map (PDF)
Porta-potties units will be placed throughout the Fairgrounds. Accessible units will be available.
We’re sorry, only service animals allowed.
Yes, bring a chair or blanket to enjoy the music and fireworks.
The event will take place rain or shine. Please follow the Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation Facebook page for event updates. In case of severe weather, please report to your vehicle or seek shelter at LC Bird High School, as directed by safety personnel.
Medical service personnel will be on site.
Yes, you can leave and return at any time. Entry is free.
Media contacts/outlets that plan on attending must use Krause Road. Identify yourself with media credentials, and event security will provide parking instructions.
There will be a Kids' Zone this year with bounce houses. Wristbands will cost $5. Cash or card.The Kids' Zone will close at 8:30 p.m.
This year’s musical entertainment will be The KOS Band, an exciting, powerful, and dynamic musical entity playing all the best dance music - featuring top 40, Motown and classic rock 'n roll hits from the 60's through today. Band will play sets at 6:15 pm. and 7:45 p.m. A DJ will also provide music. Roving entertainers will move throughout the venue as well.
Files will be posted by the 20th of the month for payments made the previous month. For example, payments made in October will be posted by Nov. 20. To ask questions or request more information, please email the Accounting Department.
Yes, certain state and federal laws require that some types of information be protected. This includes medical related information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and exclusions identified through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Good business practice also protects private and confidential information of citizens and business partners, information related to pending legal matters and information that could jeopardize public safety enforcement. To ask questions or request more information, please email the Accounting Department.
Generally, yes. If you can’t find a vendor there could be several reasons. If the nature of the vendor or of the County’s business with that vendor is protected under state or federal laws or is considered private or confidential, that vendor will not be shown in these files. If the vendor has provided goods or services to the County but has not yet received payment for those goods or services, then the vendor will not appear on the files. Information about payments to employee benefit providers is available upon request. Payments to a vendor on behalf of Chesterfield County Public Schools (CCPS) can be found on the CCPS website. To ask questions or request more information, please email the Accounting Department.
Payments made for purchases against a procurement card prior to March 2018 will be shown as payment to Bank of America. After March 2018, payments will show the actual vendor. To ask questions or request more information, please email the Accounting Department.
The information shown is being displayed at the department and account code level. If a single payment is made for either multiple departments or multiple accounts the check number will be displayed numerous times. To ask questions or request more information, please email the Accounting Department.
Yes. Visit the Procurement Department’s page where you can view contracts, and their associated solicitations, that the county has established with vendors through a competitive procurement process. Only repetitive type purchases utilize requirements contracts. One time purchases of goods, services and construction are not included in this listing. To ask questions or request more information, please email the Accounting Department.
The animal shelter has a large variety of dogs and cats available for adoption. Please visit the Adopt a Pet section for detailed information about the adoption process.
Any dog 4 months of age or older must have a license.
To obtain a dog license, you must:
Chesterfield County now offers a lifetime dog license for $10. The license will remain valid as long as the dog's rabies vaccination is kept up to date.
Kennel licenses are available for those residing in an agricultural district who own more than 3 dogs. Kennel licenses are still issued annually. The license tax is payable on January 1 and must be paid no later than January 31 of each year.
The fees are as follows:
You can obtain a dog license at several county businesses, or by mail.
To obtain a dog license by mail:
If your dog or cat is lost:
If you find a dog or cat:
Please call the 804-748-1251, the police non-emergency number, if you need to speak with an Animal Services officer about:
If you wish to speak with a shelter representative, please call 804-748-1683 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
General email inquiries can be directed to the Animal Control Inquiries Email.
Animal Services does not handle calls for service related to barking dogs. Please call the police non-emergency number, 804-748-1251, to speak to a police officer.
Ownership of more than three adult dogs per family is prohibited in any residential district without a special exception permit. If you need a special permit, contact the Chesterfield County Zoning Office at 804-748-1050.
Under Chesterfield County's current leash law, a dog shall be deemed to run at large while roaming or running off the property of its owner or custodian and not under its owner's or custodian's immediate control.
Looking for something fun to do with your furry friend in Chesterfield County? Many restaurants, stores and local shops welcome dogs, allowing you to spend even more quality time with your furriest of friends. Visit our blog post about Woof and Wag in Chesterfield County to learn more.
We do not offer scheduled service (i.e. airlines). We do offer charter and private services. Visit Dominion Aviation or call 804-271-7793 for more information.
Dominion Aviation - 804-271-7793
Current Fuel PricesDominion Aviation provides fuel service. - Please contact them directly for detailed information - 804-271-7793.
Motor Gasoline (Mogas)We do not offer motor gasoline (mogas) for sale.
Flight training and discovery flights are both offered by our fixed-based operator (FBO) - Dominion Aviation. Please contact them directly for additional information - 804-271-7793.
Yes. Rental cars are provided by Dominion Aviation. Please contact them directly for additional information - 804-271-7793.
Yes, King’s Korner Restaurant is located in the airport terminal building.
Chesterfield LIVE! will be at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds:
10300 Courthouse RoadChesterfield, VA 23832
Parking is available across from the Fairgrounds in lots at Bird High School, Chesterfield Technical Center and Gates Elementary at 10300 Courthouse Road. Follow the parking attendants’ directions.
Yes, bring a chair or blanket to enjoy the music.
In addition to great music from the bands, there will be an area with vendor displays, samples and information, as well as food and beverage vendors. In addition there will be a children’s entertainment area.
Medical service personnel will be on-site.
Contact the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce.
Photo and Video Recording PolicyThe use of recording devices and flash photography is prohibited. You may take non-flash photos.
Divorces are handled in the Circuit Court; however, Circuit Court Clerk’s staff members are not attorneys and therefore are not authorized to provide legal advice. To initiate a divorce in Chesterfield Circuit Court, the filing party must submit the appropriate pleadings prepared under Virginia law. There are no forms that the Clerk’s Office can make available for this purpose. Parties proceeding without legal counsel would need to research the Code of Virginia and prepare the required pleadings. There are a number of steps which must be followed under Code of Virginia to finalize a divorce matter.
A task force of Virginia legal aid attorneys has developed a technology-based solution to help pro se (i.e., self-represented) litigants filing simple, uncontested divorces. The system is made available at VA Legal Aid online. The Clerk’s Office makes this resource available as a courtesy and cannot guarantee that it will meet your needs.
Once a divorce filing is prepared, for information regarding filing fees, Sheriff’s fees, etc., we suggest speaking with a staff member in the Civil Division of the office, who routinely handle divorce matters. To speak with a staff member in the Civil Division, call 804-748-1241 during public service hours, which are from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding holidays).
Civil Fee Schedule
Guardians and/or conservators are typically appointed by the Court at the time an individual is adjudicated as incapacitated. To initiate such an action through the Circuit Court, the filing party would need to submit the appropriate pleadings prepared under Virginia law. The Clerk’s Office has no forms that can be made available for this purpose. An attorney would be able to advise as to what exactly is required. Parties proceeding without legal counsel would need to research the Code of Virginia and prepare the required pleadings. Visit Virginia Judicial System Court Self-Help for additional resources.
Unless appealed, typically small claims and matters concerning rental property are handled by the Chesterfield General District Court. The General District Court is completely separate from Circuit Court and has its own Clerk and Clerk’s Office. Visit the Chesterfield General District Court Clerk’s Office or Virginia Judicial System Court Self-Help for forms and additional resources concerning small claims lawsuits. Public service hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
Unless appealed, typically small claims and matters concerning rental property are handled by the Chesterfield General District Court. The General District Court is completely separate from Circuit Court and has its own Clerk and Clerk’s Office. The General District Court has forms to use by which most actions can be initiated.
For more information:
Chesterfield General District Court Clerk’s Office
Virginia Judicial System Court Self-Help
Public service hours: 8 AM – 4 PM Monday through Friday, excluding holidays
Case information for the Chesterfield Circuit Court and other Virginia Circuit Courts can be found online at the following address: http://ewsocis1.courts.state.va.us/CJISWeb/circuit.jsp
Actual case documents are not available online. Copies can be obtained from the Clerk’s Office’s Civil Division in one of the following ways:
By law, copies are $.50 per page plus $2 for certification (if needed).
Actual case documents are not available online. Copies can be obtained from the Clerk’s Office’s Criminal Division in one of the following ways:
By law, copies are $0.50 per page plus $2 for certification (if needed).
For information regarding the public defender assigned to a specific criminal case, contact the Chesterfield Public Defender's Office directly at 804-662-7171. The Court/Clerk's Office does not maintain such information.
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Chesterfield Circuit Court has made completing the Juror Questionnaire easy and convenient. Using your computer, tablet, smartphone or most mobile devices, you can complete the Questionnaire online in just a few minutes.
Online (preferred): The quickest and easiest way is to visit our secure eResponse Juror website listed on your Questionnaire or scan the QR code. To sign-on, use the Candidate ID number shown on your questionnaire and your date of birth to login. Once completed, nothing further is needed from you at this time.
Mail in Form: While submitting the questionnaire online is preferred, we understand that is not an option for those who do not have access to the internet. Follow the ’Important Instructions’ on the Questionnaire and complete all questions completely and legibly.
To mail the form back:
Please submit only one Questionnaire, either online or the paper form. DO NOT DO BOTH.
If you are no longer a resident of Chesterfield County, you will still need to complete Juror Qualification Questionnaire in order to be disqualified. On the Questionnaire, select that you are no longer a resident of Chesterfield County, and provide your new address in the space provided.
You must update your information with the Chesterfield County Registrar’s office at https://www.chesterfield.gov/registrar to avoid receiving future questionnaires from Chesterfield County Circuit Court.
Note regarding College Students: Students who are away at college may or may not be a resident of Chesterfield County. If temporarily away while attending classes but your address hasn’t been officially changed (e.g. drivers license, voter registration) then you are most likely still a resident of Chesterfield County and eligible to serve. If you are summoned in the next year, we will work with you on the available options depending on your situation at that time.
If you are determined to be qualified for potential jury service, you may receive a summons in the mail at any time during the following year. It is unlikely that everyone who is qualified for jury service will be summoned.
In Chesterfield Circuit Court, jurors serve only one day or the duration of one trial. However, if you are summoned, but were not called to report, you may be summoned again later in the year if the yearly pool has been used.
Juror Summonses for the following year are mailed monthly, starting with January summonses being mailed around December 1. You will receive plenty of advanced notice in order to plan accordingly. If you receive an Official Summons for Jury Service, it will contain a report date along with specific instructions for you to complete. It is very important you follow the instructions contained in your summons.
Under the Code of Virginia, there is no exemption from jury service for students. Students must complete and submit the questionnaire within 10 days.
If a student is away at school, please provide them the web address and their Candidate ID number listed on the Questionnaire so they may complete the form online. If they are later summoned for jury service at an inopportune time, we will work with their schedule at that time.
You were qualified to serve as a juror by a panel of jury commissioners after you completed the Jury Questionnaire. At that time, you were placed in a jury pool with thousands of qualified citizens. Now, you have been randomly selected from that pool to receive an official summons for jury service.
Names are randomly selected through an automated system using the pool of qualified citizens from the yearly qualification questionnaire process. If your name is selected from the qualified pool, you will receive an Official Summons for Jury Service in the mail. Summonses are mailed the first of every month. Please note, if you are summoned but not selected to report for jury duty, you may be summoned again later in the year if the current jury pool is exhausted. This does not usually happen; however, the number of jury trials in a given year are unpredictable.
You are on call for one day or the length of one trial. If required to report to the courthouse on your assigned Report Date, you may or may not be selected to hear the case. If you are not selected to hear the case, you will be released by the judge and your jury service is complete. If you are selected to hear the case, you will serve on that case for its duration until released by the judge. While most jury trials are completed in a single day, some are estimated to take more than one day to complete. Please plan accordingly.
Please note: if you are summoned but not selected to report for jury duty, you may be summoned again later in the year if all of the current jury pool is used. This does not usually happen; however, the number of jury trials in a given year are unpredictable.
The Summons for Jury Service is an official order of the court. You are required to respond by completing the summons questionnaire on the Juror eResponse website. You will need your Candidate/Juror ID number indicated at the top of your summons. Failure to respond to the summons does not excuse you from jury service. Pursuant to Virginia Code § 8.01-356 you could be held in contempt of court and/or ordered to pay a fine if you fail to respond to the summons. You must carefully read and following the instructions contained in the summons.
If you responded to your summons and provided your email and/or mobile number, you will receive a courtesy reminder message regarding your jury serve status. However, the court is not responsible for internet and/or mobile service interruptions. It is your responsibility to follow the instructions provided in your summons and verify your reporting status after 5:00 p.m. the business day prior to your assigned report date. Because changes to jury trials can occur late notice, it is important to check your status after 5:00 p.m.
The United States Constitution guarantees the right to a trial by jury in both criminal and civil cases. Your participation as a juror is crucial to the administration of justice. The consequences of not reporting for jury service can be severe. Pursuant to Virginia Code § 8.01-356, if you do not report, you could be held in contempt of court and ordered to pay a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $200.
If serving on your assigned Report Date presents a hardship, the court will grant a one-time postponement of service to another day later in the year. This option is only available up to 5 days before your original Report Date. You may make this request through the ’Defer Service’ tab on the Juror eResponse Website. Your request will automatically be granted, and you will receive a new summons in the mail prior to your new date.
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There is no statutory exemption for students. If your Report Date is problematic, you may defer your service to a date later in the year. If you are a legal resident of Chesterfield and will not return to Chesterfield County at any time during the year you have been summoned, you must send a relevant statement to Jury Services by email at: [email protected].
Students who have moved out of Chesterfield County and changed their legal residence (e.g.; DMV, voter registration) may request a non-resident disqualification on the Juror eResponse Website.
Jury Service is an important civic and community duty for which you have a legal obligation. However, if you believe you qualify for an exemption of service under Virginia Code Section 8.01-341 or Section 8.01-341.1, you may make your request on the Juror eResponse Website under the ’Disqualify Service’ tab. Please allow 5 business days for your request to be processed. If you have provided Jury Services your email and/or a phone number to receive messages, you will receive an automated response once the request is processed. Otherwise, you will receive a notice in the mail. You may also check the status of your request on the Juror eResponse Website under the ’Profile/Status’ or by calling the Juror Information Line at 804-409-8605.
Below is a list of exemptions/disqualifications available in the ’Disqualify Service’ tab on the Juror eResponse Website:
If you lost your summons, visit the Juror eResponse Website to print a new one under the ’Print Letters’ tab. If you do not have your Candidate/Juror ID number to login to the website, contact Jury Services. If the summons PDF does not generate, turn off your pop-up blocker.
Immediately notify your employer of your summons for jury service. Virginia law requires employers to excuse employees from regular workdays when summoned for jury duty. Employers should refer to Title § 18.2-465.1 of the Virginia Code for more information. Discuss with your employer the policy regarding payment of your wages or salary while serving as a juror. If your Report Date is problematic, you may defer your service to later in the year on the Juror eResponse Website.
If you were selected and reported to the courthouse for jury duty, you may ask the Jury Coordinator for an Attendance Letter to give to your employer or school. Otherwise, you may print your Attendance Letter on the Juror eResponse Website under the "Print Letters" tab. If the letter does not generate, please turn off your pop-up blocker.
The court values the service you perform as a juror. With that in mind we try our best to make your time here as pleasant as possible. Below you will find a list of amenities provided while waiting to be called for a trial:
If you are selected to sit for a jury trial you will have access to free bottled water, select sodas and snacks during breaks and deliberation. For lunch, there are several local food establishments in the area. There is no food service in the courts building. Depending on the case, lunch or dinner may be provided. Please plan accordingly.
Please feel free to bring a book, crossword puzzle, or other quiet activity to do while waiting to be called to the courtroom.
Please be sure to read the Court Safety & Security page for a list of prohibited items in the courthouse and what to expect when arriving to the courthouse.
Please be advised that anyone entering the Chesterfield County Courthouse must enter the building and go through a Sheriff’s Security Checkpoint. Patrons may encounter longer lines and wait times. Please take this into consideration when determining your arrival time. Note: The Courthouse opens at 8:00 A.M.
If you are selected and report for jury duty, you will be reimbursed $30 for travel and expenses for each day you are required to report for service. This amount is determined by the Virginia legislatures. You will receive a check in the mail in 2 to 4 weeks. Please check with your employer regarding jury service policies.
Federal government employees should read the Office of Personnel Management’s Fact Sheet: Court Leave for more information.
If there is a change to your jury service due to severe weather conditions or other emergency, the Court will notify you electronically as long as your mobile phone number and email address on the Juror eResponse Website is current and accurate.
Please be sure to view the Court Closing and Inclement Weather page for further important information.
Should you need a reasonable accommodation to serve on a jury, you may make your request on the Juror eResponse Website when filling out the summons questionnaire. You may also send your request to Jury Services by email at: [email protected]
Please read the Courts’ Accommodation Request page for further information.
You should wear comfortable but appropriate attire. Business casual is preferred. The temperature in the courtroom can fluctuate, so please plan accordingly.
Please read the Courts Dress Code and Etiquette Policy page for further information.
When you report for jury duty, attendance will be taken and there will be a brief orientation session to discuss what you can expect during your service. Once orientation is completed, jurors will wait in the jury assembly room until being called to the courtroom. This process takes approximately one hour. It is very important that you arrive on time.
If you are selected and sworn onto a case, you will stay with that case until it concludes. If not selected, you will be released by the judge.
For further information, please visit the Jury Duty main page and watch the 10-minute jury service orientation video.
Your absence could prevent the trial from going forward, inconveniencing not only the parties and witnesses involved but also your fellow jurors. In the event you will be late or cannot appear due to a true emergency or illness, contact Jury Services as soon as possible at 804-751-4411 or by email: [email protected].
It is the judge’s discretion on what action he or she may take should you fail to appear for jury duty. Pursuant to Virginia Code Section 8.01-356, failing to report for jury service may result in a criminal contempt of court charge and a fine not less that $50 nor more than $200.
If it is determined that surety on a bond is required,
Chesterfield Circuit Court Clerk804-748-1241 - ask for Probate Division
The Commissioner of Accounts is an attorney commissioned by the Circuit Court Judges to oversee the actions of fiduciaries and is responsible for reviewing and approving inventories and accountings. His office is not in the Courts Building but is in an office building in close proximity to the courthouse.
Commissioner of AccountsBryan K. Selz, Esq.
Mailing address:P.O. Box 998Chesterfield, VA 23832Physical address:9512 Ironbridge Road, Suite 110Chesterfield, VA 23832
804-796-4891 phone804-796-4892 fax
There are several reasons why a will should be probated (or recorded). The three basic reasons are
By recording the will, it becomes a permanent record available for review by family members as well as potential beneficiaries and creditors.
NOTE: Include contact information; however, DO NOT write on the will itself.
Even though your permit is expired, you can still follow procedures for renewal. You will not need to produce proof of competency with a handgun again. If by chance you did not obtain your original permit in Chesterfield, you will need to include a copy of the existing permit so that it can be confirmed that renewal is appropriate.
Address changes are processed by the issuing Court.
Information about updating an address on a permit issued by Chesterfield Circuit Court
Contact information for other Virginia Circuit Courts
Concealed handgun permits are valid for five years from the date of issuance.
Land records are available online by subscription service only; however, such service is typically not practical for occasional users since it requires an annual fee of $600.00/user.
For more information regarding the SRA system and subscription requirements, please visit Circuit Court Clerk's SRA.
As the Circuit Court Clerk's Office serves only as the repository for land records and we are not attorneys, we cannot perform title searches or provide legal information regarding the status of property. Deeds, liens, and other land records must speak for themselves and staff cannot interpret or restate information included in such records.
If you would like to visit to perform a search of our records, the public Record Room is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. The Record Room is located on the ground floor of the main Courts Building and staff would be happy to demonstrate how to use our automated system.
If you require an official title search and/or legal opinion, we would recommend that you contact an attorney or title company for assistance.
Deeds, liens, and other land records must speak for themselves and the staff of the Circuit Court Clerk's Office cannot interpret or restate information included in such records. If you are looking for a specific document and can provide the debtor's/lienholder’s name(s), type of document and approximate date, staff in the Record Room can provide a copy quote by phone at 804-748-1241.
If you would like to visit to perform a search of our records, please note that our public Record Room is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. The Record Room is located on the ground floor of the main Courts Building and staff would be happy to demonstrate how to use our automated system. If you require an official title search and/or legal opinion, we would recommend that you contact an attorney or title company for assistance.
If the survey was recorded, it can be obtained from the Circuit Court Clerk's Office. Individual surveys which show the lot with improvements (such as a house) are occasionally attached to deeds; however, since they are not required to be recorded, most often, they are not. Often surveys showing property lines are drafted at the time of sale and the homeowner receives a copy with other closing papers. If the survey was not recorded and you cannot find one with your closing papers, you may need to contact a surveying company if you need a survey showing the lot with improvements.
If you live in a subdivision and need to see the property lines only (not where the house is situated), copies of subdivision plats are available on this website. The online copy made available by the Assessor's Office is not considered the official recorded subdivision plat; however, it may be useful for informational purposes. The Circuit Court Clerk's Office is the official repository for subdivision plats that have been recorded. Land records are available for public inspection in our Record Room which is open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). The Record Room is located on the ground floor of the main Courts Building.
As there are no forms by which to prepare a new deed that the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office can make available, it is recommended that you contact an attorney who handles real estate matters for assistance. There is no requirement to have an attorney prepare the document; however, to ensure it meets statutory requirements and meets your needs legally, it may be in your best interests to consult an attorney. Clerk’s Office staff are unable to provide legal advice. Once the deed is executed, it would need to be recorded in the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office. If planning to present it for recordation personally, once you have the deed in hand, contact the Clerk’s Deed Recording Division at 804-748-1285 for specific guidance. Once recorded, the Real Estate Assessor would be notified of the recordation and that office would update its records accordingly.
If a property owner has died and you wish to update the real estate records, determine if there was a Will and contact the Circuit Court Clerk's Probate Division at 804-748-1241 for assistance.
If the property owner(s) are living, typically a new deed must be recorded. As there are no forms by which to prepare a new deed that the Circuit Court Clerk's Office can make available, it is recommended that you contact an attorney who handles real estate matters for assistance. There is no requirement to have an attorney prepare the document; however, to ensure it meets statutory requirements and meets your needs legally, it may be in your best interests to consult an attorney. Clerk’s Office staff are unable to provide legal advice. Once the deed is executed, it would need to be recorded here in the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office. If planning to present it for recordation personally, once you have the deed in hand, contact the Clerk's Deed Recording Division at 804-748-1285 for specific guidance. Once recorded, the Real Estate Assessor would be notified of the recordation and that office would update its records accordingly.
No master list of pending private auctions/foreclosures is available through Chesterfield County. Private auction/foreclosure information is often printed in the Richmond Times-Dispatch and other publications that print legal notices. Official land records are available for review during public service hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Monday through Friday, excluding holidays) in the Circuit Court Clerk's Record Room which is located on the ground floor of the main Courts Building.
For information regarding the process by which the Chesterfield Treasurer's Office handles properties with significant back taxes due, visit the Treasurer's Office website.
The Circuit Court Clerk's Office does not maintain blueprints. We would suggest that you contact Chesterfield Building Inspection or the builder to determine if they can assist.
Unlike vehicle titles that are held pending payoff, Deeds are not held in that manner. If you purchased a home in Chesterfield, the original Deed should have been recorded in the Circuit Court Clerk’s Deed Book. After recordation, the Deed is most often returned to a law firm or the homeowner. If you have not already done so, it is recommended that you check your closing papers from the purchase transaction to determine if you already have the original Deed. If you do not locate the original, you can obtain a copy (or certified copy) from the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office for your records.
By law, copies are $.50 per page and certification is $2.00 per document.
Copies can be requested as follows:
Circuit Court Clerk
ATTN: Record RoomP. O. Box 125Chesterfield, VA 23832-0909
Free access to the land records index can be accessed 24/7. You are able to view a listing of documents recorded (searchable by name) at any time. If you ever locate something of concern that has been recorded, you can visit the Circuit Court Clerk's Record Room to view the documents themselves or you may contact the Record Room by phone to purchase copies if desired. By law, copies are $.50 per page. The public Record Room is open 8:00-4:00 Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, and is located on the ground floor of the main Courts Building. Record Room staff can be reached directly at 804-717-6517 during public service hours.
As the Clerk's Office is simply the recording authority, we are unable to provide legal advice when/if fraud is suspected. An attorney could provide that type of guidance.
There is no one in the Clerk’s Office (or Judges’ Chambers) that performs wedding ceremonies at the courthouse. It is recommended that parties contact a civil marriage celebrant or a minister authorized to perform marriages in Virginia. An authorized marriage celebrant or minister should be able to produce a copy of the court order or clerk's order that authorized him/her to perform marriage ceremonies in Virginia. There are some civil celebrants appointed by the Court who are willing to perform ceremonies at the Courts Building (typically outside). Specific details regarding a ceremony would need to be discussed with the celebrant chosen.
Information regarding obtaining a marriage license in Chesterfield
When the notary commission has been issued, the Secretary of the Commonwealth will send a notice to the applicant.
Notary commissions expire if not claimed within 60 days of the commission date. Applicants who do not claim their commission within 60 days must re-apply through the Secretary of the Commonwealth.
The Treasurer’s office collects payment of all business taxes. You may contact their office at 804-748-1201.
Yes. Chesterfield County ordinance directs the Commissioner of the Revenue to impose a penalty of 10% of the tax assessable for the non-filing or late filing of a renewal/application. This penalty becomes a part of the tax due.
Each individually licensable activity, at each business location must have a separate license.
Overnight packages for the Commissioner of the Revenue may be sent to:
Commissioner of the RevenueAttn: Business Tax9901 Lori Rd Rm 165Chesterfield, VA 23832-0908
If you have a business representative visiting our offices, calling on behalf of the business, or filing online; please make sure that individual is authorized to act for the company. If that person is not the owner, an officer, or member listed on paperwork previously filed with our office, he or she should not be able to file and will not be given information regarding that business other than what is public information. Written documentation signed by the owner/officer/member of the company authorizing such action may be required. Businesses may use their own format or request a form from the Business Section.
Under the Code of Virginia Section §18.2-223, it is unlawful for a retail business to advertise a “going out of business” sale without first obtaining a permit from the city, county or town where the sale will be conducted. The cost for the application is $50.00 and expires after sixty (60) days. All applications for “going out of business” permits shall be accompanied by an inventory, including the kind and quantity of all goods which are to be offered for sale during the sale and only the goods specified in the inventory list may be advertised or sold during the sale period. The license may be extended once after the initial issuance of the permit with an updated inventory list for an additional $50.00.
In order to close your business and end your tax liability for a specific business account, you must notify the Office of the Commissioner of the Revenue in writing. Fax, mail, or email and supply the following information: Name of the Business Owner, Trade Name of the Business, Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) or Social Security Number (SSN) associated with the accounts, and the account numbers, along with the exact date the business closed. This statement must be signed by the owner or an officer listed with our office.
No, but you may be considered non-compliant. Once you have received your first business license, you are considered "in business" until you declare in writing to our office that you are "out of business."
The Chesterfield County Department of Community Enhancement allows certain businesses and occupations to be conducted in a dwelling unit provided they comply with certain restrictions. They can be reached at 804-748-1500.
Business tangible personal property is any furniture, fixtures, tools, or equipment that is used or available for use in a business. It includes fixed assets, but does not include supplies (such as pens and paper) or real estate. For a more detailed list of applicable assets, see Sections One and Two of the BPP return form.
The due date for the business tangible personal property tax return is March 1.
Yes, but your request must come in writing and be faxed or postmarked by March 1. An extension will be granted for no longer than 60 days.
The current tax rate is $3.60 per $100 of assessed value (that is, 3.6% of the value). The rate is set each year by the board of supervisors.
You must notify our office in writing that you went out of business. If your BPP is on commercial property and is still available for use in business after you went out of business, you are responsible to continue to report it until it is removed or made unavailable for use in the business . Note that BPP is not pro-rated.
Report the item on the form and use a 90% assessment factor. Include a note on the "Total" line that these assets are included there.
You must still report any tangible equipment that is used or available for use in your business.
You must write "None" on the return and still send it in, along with an explanation of owning no equipment.
Yes, for certain computer equipment and peripherals, as described in Section Two of the return.
Note: "Computerized" equipment is not the same as a computer or peripheral and would usually be reported along with all other equipment (in Section One), not with computer equipment in Section Two.
Attach the following:
An application can be obtained by:
No. The tax relief is effective from January 1, 2013, or when the veteran was deemed to be disabled by the Department of Veteran Affairs."
There is no immediate deadline date to file.
Yes. The veteran must be an owner of the property and occupy it as his or her principal residence. Co-owners, other than a husband and wife, only get a percentage based on their percent of ownership.
Only the home the veteran occupies as his or her principal residence will receive the tax relief exemption.
The exemption will cover the real property taxes for the home and up to one acre of land upon which the home is situated.
Only if you have met the criteria needed for a mobile home to be converted to real property can the veteran receive the exemption. A veteran must own and occupy as his or her principal residence a mobile home that is being taxed as real estate and own the real estate upon which the mobile home is situated.
Yes, so long as the death of a veteran occurs on or after January 1, 2011, the surviving spouse does not remarry, and the surviving spouse continues to occupy the real property as his or her principal place of residence or if the surviving spouse relocates then the new residence may receive an exemption starting January 1, 2019 or date of purchase whichever is later.
No. This tax relief program is not based on the amount of income you receive each year.
The main criteria for tax relief are as follows:
9901 Lori RoadBuilding 38, Room 165Chesterfield, VA 23832
The Tax Relief Section of the office will help in preparing this application during normal working hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Due to the Privacy Act, in order for the Office of the Commissioner of the Revenue to be able to discuss your application, we will need a copy of a filed Power of Attorney.
If renewing your application documents can be sent after the April 3 due date, but the application must be postmarked by April 3. When filing your application we will need all documentation of income and net worth.
Taxpayers must complete a Business Classification Information (BCI) sheet (not online) explaining the process and nature of your business activities. Process flow charts, pictures and site visits may also be used for a determination.
Any assets used directly in the manufacturing process, or used in connection with machinery that is directly used, will be filed as M&T.
Machinery and tools may be reported as "Idle and Unused" if:
The filing deadline for Machinery and Tools is March 1.
There is a 10% late filing penalty assessed on all returns not postmarked by March 1.
The Board of Supervisors establishes a personal property tax rate each year. The tax rate may vary according to category.
Assessed value of the vehicle is $8,000
Assessed value of vehicle is $25,000
Note: If disposed prior to the 15th of the month, do not count that month. If after the 15th, you will need to count that month.
If a car is being used by a college student the situs for personal property tax purposes is the domicile of the owner of the car. In this case, whether the car is owned by the student or the parent(s) the domicile is Chesterfield County; therefore, the car should be reported to Chesterfield County.
Yes. You must file a Volunteer Vehicle Certification Form (PDF) by January 31 of each tax year. There is a reduced tax rate applied to the vehicle's assessed value to determine the tax.
Note: If you purchase a vehicle after January 31st of the tax year there is no reduced tax allowed until the following year.
Yes, you must file a Volunteer Vehicle Certification form (PDF) with the Office of the Commissioner of the Revenue each time you replace a previously certified volunteer fire/rescue vehicle.
If your home of record is Chesterfield, Virginia then your vehicle(s) is subject to personal property tax in Chesterfield County, regardless of where the vehicle is garaged during active military service.
If your home of record is not Virginia, and your car is registered in Chesterfield County, you must provide our office with a Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) for January of the appropriate tax year to qualify for the military exemption. If you move your vehicle registration to Chesterfield County during the tax year you'll need to provide a current (LES).
Yes, if all of the following criteria are met:
No, to qualify for the tax exemption you must be a duly designated ecclesiastical officer of a particular church, religious association or denomination, and the vehicle must be used predominately for church purposes.
Proration is the method of taxation monthly for the portion of the calendar year personal property is owned and/or located in the jurisdiction.
Yes, all personal property is taxable, even unlicensed and/or inoperable vehicles. This property must be filed on or before the first business day of March, each year, for as long as you own it. However, you may Appeal Your Vehicle Assessment.
A rental tax from the lessee of the daily rental property at the time of the rental for periods of 92 consecutive days or less.
The term short-term rental property does not include trailers or other tangible personal property required to be licensed or registered with the department of motor vehicles, department of game and inland fisheries, or the department of aviation.
Local taxes for rental businesses that become certified short-term rental businesses are affected in the following ways:
Certified businesses will receive a certificate which must be displayed in each qualified location.
The deadline to apply for renewal certifications is January 31 of the current tax year.
No. Applications for renewal of certification must be postmarked by January 31 of the tax year for which certification is sought.
The effects of certification are reversed.
The heavy equipment tax rate is 1.5% and for all other property the rate is 1%.
Yes, you are required to obtain a Business Professional and Occupational License tax and report your gross receipts.
Short term rental tax is filed quarterly.
April 30 January - MarchJuly 31 April - JuneOctober 31 July – SeptemberJanuary 31 October - December
Yes. Chesterfield County Commissioner of the Revenue to impose a penalty of 10% of the tax assessable for the non-filing or late filing/payment of a tax return. This penalty becomes a part of the tax due.
Businesses responsible for the collection and remittance of Short-Term Rental tax should keep accurate records for the current and three prior calendar years. These records are subject to audit by the Office of the Commissioner of the Revenue.
Checks need to be made out to the treasurer of the city or county where you reside if you filed your return in your locality and did not e-file your return.
Virginia Individual Income Tax Returns are due to be filed by May 1 each year. Vouchers for Virginia:
The Office of the Commissioner of the Revenue offers free assistance with the preparation of your state tax return.
The processing time for most returns is 4 to 6 weeks.
You may send a letter providing your social security number, old address, new address, and your signature to:
Note: You may also update your address via secure messaging (email); updates sent via secure message must include an image of your signature.
If you move to a new address after filing your return, but before you receive your refund, be sure to file a change of address with your former post office so your refund or any correspondence from the department can be forwarded to you.
The local chapter of the AARP provides assistance to taxpayers over the age of 65.
The local number for the Department of Taxation is 804-367-8031.
If there is an incorrect amount, name or address on your refund check you can contact the Department of Taxation directly at 804-367-8031.
Yes, call 1-800-2PAY-TAX, or pay online. The jurisdiction code for Virginia is 1080. You will need this number when you arrange for credit card payment.
Note: The company processing the transaction will assess an additional fee. Prior to payment, you will be informed of the fee and will have the option to cancel the transaction at that time with no charge.
After you complete the transaction be sure to fill in the oval on line 30 of Form 760 indicating that you have arranged for this type of payment and mail your return directly to:
Department of TaxationP.O. Box 760Richmond, VA 23206-0760
The surviving spouse of a member of the armed forces killed in action or died of wounds received in action.
If the principal residence is jointly owned by two or more individuals, not all of whom qualify for the exemption.
The fact that surviving spouses who are otherwise qualified for tax exemption pursuant to this article are residing in hospitals, nursing homes, convalescent homes, or other facilities for physical or mental care for extended periods of time shall not be construed to mean that the real estate for which tax exemption is sought does not continue to be the sole dwelling of such persons during such extended periods of other residence so long as such real estate is not used by or leased to others for consideration.
To apply for this exemption, an application should be completed:
Attach to your tax exemption application a copy of the documentation from the United States Department of Defense or its successor agency indicating the date that the member of the armed forces of the United States was killed in action or died of wounds received in action.
No. The tax exemption is effective January 1, 2015. You only need to re-apply if the:
Note: The Commissioner of the Revenue will need to be notified promptly of any remarriage.
Yes. The surviving spouse must be an owner of the property and occupy it as his or her principal residence. Co-owners only get a percentage based on their percent of ownership.
Yes, if the surviving spouse owns and occupies the mobile home as his or her principal residence, and the property is zoned as single family residential.
No. This tax exemption program is not based on the amount of income you receive each year.
M&T tax rebates are:
Note: Over the life of the zone, businesses may qualify for more than one qualifying expansion or renovation rebate.
Contact the Chesterfield County Department of Economic Development within one year of locating to a technology zone.
Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) is a monthly tax collected by operators of public and private hotels, hostelry, inns, motels, tourist home or house, tourist cabin, boarding houses, campgrounds, and other lodging places that offer guest rooms or other accommodations rented out for continuous occupancy for fewer than 30 consecutive days.
Transients who stay 30 consecutive nights or more, are exempt from Chesterfield County TOT.
Transient reports and remittances are due on or before the 20th day of each month covering the amount of tax collected during the preceding month.
A penalty in the amount of 10% of the tax due, or $10.00, whichever is greater will be due. Interest will accrue on the amount due at a rate of 10% per year, calculated monthly beginning on the first day of the month following the delinquency.
If a tax was collected in error, it should be returned to the transient who was improperly charged. If the hotel, motel, boarding house, travel campground, or other facility cannot return the improperly collected tax to the rightful payer, the law requires that it must be remitted to the county with other TOT collections and not retained by the operators of lodging establishments as additional income.
Businesses responsible for the collection and remittance of TOT should keep accurate records for two calendar years. These records are subject to audit by the Office of the Commissioner of the Revenue.
Potential clients who are the following may be eligible:
CORR services are self-paced. Core curriculum takes a minimum of four months to complete.
Treatment groups are two to three days a week, with frequent drug testing. In addition, there is a day track and night track of the program.
Potential clients can be referred to CORR from:
The types of orders are:
For more information, see Protective Orders.
The Anger Management class is a psycho-educational group suited for first-time offenders who do not have a violent criminal history, situations involving intimate partners or patterns of ongoing abuse. Class details include:
The Anger Management Program is for offenders who experience frequent problems with communication, easily angered, agitated, and frustrated resulting in violent behaviors. Class details include:
The Batterer's Intervention Program is a state certified program for abuser who use violence as a means to obtain power and control over another individual. Class details include:
Individuals who are incarcerated, of pre-trial status, with a major mental illness and substance abuse disorder are eligible. Participants must have verifiable housing and transportation.
Individuals are excluded based on a prior record of pending charges of the following:
services are self-paced. Core curriculum takes a minimum of nine months to complete.
Participants are required to attend the following:
Referrals can be made through the court, attorney, family members, or self-referrals. Ten business days are required to complete an evaluation.
By Judges in the General District / Circuit Courts in Chesterfield and Colonial Heights as a sentencing option, and an alternative to incarceration.
Available services to the court are:
Offenders who are 18 years old, or considered an adult at the time of conviction, of a misdemeanor or a non-violent felony for which the court may impose a jail sentence (in accordance with Virginia Code 19.2-303.3).
Yes, all offenders under local probation supervision will be charged a one-time fee of $150, unless waived for cause.
The main conditions are as follows:
Pretrial supervision is a condition of your bail, ordered by a judicial officer. If ordered, you will be:
Since Pretrial Services is a condition of your bail, the court is notified of your situation.
The CCJB proactively addresses criminal justice issues in the communities of Chesterfield County and the City of Colonial Heights. The impact over the years has been significant as the board moves toward a more coordinated and responsive criminal justice system.
Membership on the Community Criminal Justice Board shall consist of:
The meetings details:
The meetings are open to the public. Please call Chesterfield Community Corrections at 804-318-8220 for any further questions.
Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors, used by one individual intended to exert power and control over another individual, in the context of an intimate relationship. Learn more about domestic violence.
A safety plan is a personalized, practical strategy to assist an individual in avoiding dangerous situations, yet prepare an individual to knowing how to best react if dangerous situations occur. Plans can be developed for individuals remaining in abusive relationships, or ending the relationship. Learn more about how to safety plan.
A protective order is a document issued by a magistrate or a court to help you protect yourself, your children and other family or household members from someone who is hurting you or causing you fear. Learn more about protective orders.
The Chesterfield Domestic and Sexual Violence Resource Center provides the following support to the County and the community at large:
Please contact the Resource Center with questions.
In addition to the fear many victims of abuse experience, abusive relationships are often complicated. Read more about why victims stay.
While all individuals can change, they should want the change to occur. An unwilling or uninterested individual cannot be forced to change. Change must be intrinsic, and can be difficult as behaviors are learned. Learn more about abusers.
No. Although the Chesterfield Domestic and Sexual Violence Resource Center provides oversight of the Chesterfield Domestic Violence Task Force, Inc., they are separate entities.
The Chesterfield Domestic Violence Task Force, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization, comprised of agencies and concerned citizens dedicated to providing leadership in preventing and responding to domestic violence in our community. Please contact the Chesterfield Domestic Violence Task Force, Inc. with questions.
Chesterfield Victim/Witness is available to assist all types of victims and witnesses of crime, who are involved in the criminal justice process. The Chesterfield Domestic and Sexual Violence Resource Center assists victims of domestic and/or sexual violence, and stalking, whether they are involved in the criminal justice process or not. Both offices work closely to provide comprehensive services to victims of violence. View more information about the services we offer.
Yes, the Domestic and Sexual Violence Resource Center accepts financial donations. Checks should be payable to “Treasurer Chesterfield County”, with “CCS - DSVRC” indicated on the memo line. Please mail donations to:CCS - DSVRCP.O. Box 40Chesterfield, VA 23832
Participating in Drug Court is not just about staying clean, it is about getting your life back together. Being successful in drug court means you have an opportunity to:
To be successful in Drug Court, you must invest in yourself. Staff are available to assist you in navigating responsibilities that include:
As designed, Drug Court is 18 months. The process is as follows:
Step 1The first step to being considered for Drug Court is review by the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. Defense attorneys seeking additional information or request for case review may contact:
Step 2The potential candidate will be interviewed/assessed by the Drug Court probation officer to determine appropriateness for the program. Upon completion of the assessment, the probation officer will advise the Commonwealth’s attorney and defense attorney of acceptance/non-acceptance.
Step 3If accepted, a date to plead into the program will be set. If not accepted, the charge will continue to proceed through the traditional court process.
We encourage individuals who are interested in learning more about Drug Court to attend a session.
Drug Court is held each Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to approximately 10:30 a.m. at:
Chesterfield Circuit Court9500 Courthouse RoadChesterfield, VA 23832
To schedule a visit, please contact the Drug Court administrator, Melanie Meadows, by phone at 804-717-6801 or by email.
No matter what disaster or incident occurs, emergency management involves a constantly revolving cycle of four key elements:
Chesterfield County is susceptible to a variety of threats, both man-made and natural. Examples of these include but are not limited to:
If you or someone else is in immediate danger, call 911. You can report non-emergencies to 804-748-1251.
Natural events may be more predictable depending on seasonal weather patterns. They also often give us time to prepare as most, but not all, escalate from smaller events. Examples of natural disasters include wind events such as hurricanes and tropical storms, tornadoes, ice/snow storms, and severe thunder storms.
Man-made emergencies are less predictable and often occur without warning with a faster speed of onset. Examples of man-made events include chemical or hazardous material spills, hostage situations, or acts of terrorism.
First, understand the terms. The National Weather Service issues alerts when dangerous weather conditions can potentially affect an area, or are in immediate danger of affecting an area.
A watch is used when there is a risk of hazardous weather (thunderstorm, tornado or flooding). When a watch is issued, keep an eye on the weather. Be ready to enact your plan if it becomes necessary to do so.
A warning is issued when hazardous weather (thunderstorm, tornado or flooding) is occurring, is imminent, or has a very high probability of occurring. A warning is used for conditions posing a threat to life or property. When a thunderstorm or tornado warning is issued, take cover on the lowest level of your home, in an interior room. If your home is in danger of flooding, move to higher ground immediately.
Hurricane season is June 1st through November 30th in the Atlantic and May 15th through November 30th in the Eastern Pacific. However, it is possible for tropical storms to occur outside of those date ranges.
Chesterfield County residents need to prepare now for emergencies and disasters. There are simple, low-cost steps families can take to be ready including:
You can also visit sites such as Ready.gov, the FEMA website, Ready Virginia, and Weather.gov for additional information.
There should be enough supplies in your disaster kit to make each member of your family self-sufficient for at least three days. This should include:
Visit the Get a Kit page for more information.
You should go to any public school that can be used as a shelter. High schools are chosen first because of their available resources. Other criteria for opening a school for a shelter would include proximity to the event. Be sure to take items such as medications, blankets, clothes, and identification to the shelter.
Sign up for Chesterfield Alert for information about shelters before, during and after an emergency event.
During and after a disaster local infrastructure could become disrupted. Local phone lines may be inundated with calls, while long distance phone lines remain open. It may be easier to reach out-of-town contacts that have not been affected by the incident.
Make sure you keep a card with contact numbers and names with your kit, as well as in your cars. A pre-paid, long distance phone card may also be a good idea.
Like humans, pets will need food and other supplies in the event of an emergency. Make sure you have the following available:
Make copies of all vaccinations and medical records as well.
Pets brought to emergency shelters are taken to the county’s animal shelter and will be cared for in an area separate from the daily animal population until it is safe for residents to take their pets home.
You are to remain in your home or office (wherever you are at the time of the emergency) and protect yourself there. You should also do the following:
Libraries will be utilized as information stations during a disaster. Additional county-specific disaster information will be posted to the county website. Chesterfield County is also on Facebook. “Like” our page and you will receive county-specific information there as well.
The Emergency Operations Center is where the Emergency Management Coordinator and other key individuals meet during a disaster. With a central location, all individuals involved in making decisions reference the response and recovery from a particular incident coordinate their efforts.
Yes, the county has an emergency operations plan (PDF). State Law requires that it be updated annually and readopted every 4 years.
In the event that an emergency happens in Chesterfield County, volunteer organizations will likely be deployed to assist citizens and help with the recovery process. To get involved and volunteer:
The first choice would be to have a family member or caregiver take your relative someplace that will support his or her needs. After a disaster, libraries or other county facilities may be opened to allow for recharging the batteries in medical equipment. If someone is experiencing a medical problem due to the loss of power, he or she should call 911.
Facilities covered by the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act requirements must submit an Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory Form (Tier II) to the following:
Facilities located in Chesterfield County submit Tier II reports to:Fire and Emergency Medical Service6731 Mimms LoopChesterfield, VA 23832
You can call the Emergency Management Coordinator at 804-796-7068.
The stormwater utility fee will be included as a separate line item on the real estate tax bill. If a property does not receive a real estate tax bill, a bill for the stormwater utility will be issued. It will be billed to the property owner of record.
Yes. The stormwater utility fee is not a tax, but a fee based on the property’s impervious areas. If a property does not receive a real estate tax bill, a bill for the stormwater utility will be issued.
Artificial structures - such as pavements (roads, sidewalks, driveways and parking lots) that are covered by impenetrable materials such as asphalt, concrete, brick, stone - and rooftops. Areas of significant contribution of stormwater pollutants are also impervious areas.
The impervious area of a property is determined by using the following:
Here is a commercial property fee example using aerial photography. The property is outlined below and the impervious area is shown in red hatching.
The stormwater utility ordinance allows for property owners to petition for adjustments (PDF) to their stormwater utility fee.
Yes. Changes to fees will go into effect once the certificate of occupancy is issued or the land disturbance permit is closed. The Director will forward any fee alterations to the Treasurer for inclusion on the next real estate tax bill.
The property owner must complete and submit an application for adjustment (PDF) to the Department of Environmental Engineering no later than June 5, 2018. Applications may be submitted by:
Neighborhoods with existing stormwater conveyance and retention or detention ponds still contribute runoff and pollution to the overall drainage system. The program’s costs are distributed to all county property owners because stormwater management is a countywide service.
Developed residential and commercial (nonresidential) properties are subject to the stormwater utility fee. Undeveloped property, defined as any property that has less than or equal to two hundred fifty square feet of impervious area, does not pay a stormwater utility fee.
The fee is based on impervious area represented as an equivalent residential unit (ERU), calculated as 2,800 square feet. An ERU is approximately equal to the average impervious area for all single family detached parcels in the county.
Residential and commercial pay information includes:
The stormwater utility ordinance allows for property owners to petition for adjustments to their stormwater utility fee. Grounds for adjustments of the fee are limited to the following:
The information provided will be kept confidential and privileged; however, your identity may have to be disclosed in the case of a law enforcement request or by order of subpoena. You may remain anonymous if you wish. Please note that sending personal information by fax or email is not a confidential or secure means of transmission.
It is a violation of the fraud policy for any individual to be discriminated against for reporting fraud, waste and abuse or for cooperating, giving testimony, or participating in an audit investigation, proceeding, or hearing. False or vindictive allegations are also violations of the fraud policy and should not be made.
The Internal Audit Department takes all legitimate reports of fraud, waste and abuse seriously and will make every effort to properly investigate issues. You can assist us in our investigation by providing as much documentation or data as possible.
The ability to respond to your report depends on the accuracy and completeness of the information you provide. The best and easiest way to report your concerns is to call the hotline at 804-318-8000 during business hours. Staff will confidentially document your concern for you and make sure all the important details are included; however, there may be rare occasions when staff is unavailable and voicemail is activated. You may use the voicemail to state your allegation or call back and speak with an operator at a later time.
Please email the Clerk of Court to request sign language interpreter or another listening assistive device.
Please email the Clerk of Court for information regarding ADA Accommodations.
You will need to mail or fax the DC-437 form (PDF) to change your address.
All final orders of the J&DR District Court may be appealed within 10 days of final judgment. The best way to note your appeal is in person. If you cannot note your appeal in person, please call the Clerk’s Office to be directed to the appropriate appeal form to use to note your appeal, and you may fax it in.
Our office is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Our phone number is 804-748-1379 and our fax number is 804-717-6043.
If the tenth day falls on a holiday or a date the court is otherwise closed, the appeal would be due the next day the court is open. The court will not calculate the date the appeal is due.
If it has been more than 10 days and you have missed your appeal period, you may wish to file a Motion to Reopen/Rehear (Form DC-368 (PDF) /Instructions (PDF)). In criminal cases, a Motion to Reopen must be filed within 60 days. In civil cases, a Motion to Rehear must be filed within 30 days.
Please read the law regarding Motions to Reopen/Rehear:
You do not need to have missed the appeal window in order to file a Motion to Reopen/Rehear.
You may wish to file a Motion to Reopen/Rehear (Form DC-368/Instructions). In criminal cases, a Motion to Reopen must be filed within 60 days. In civil cases, a Motion to Rehear must be filed within 30 days.
If the Court does not grant your Motion to Rehear, you may need to file anew.
Please use the Court’s generic Motion Form to request a Guardian Ad Litem. Please make sure you articulate the reasons why the child’s best interests would not be adequately represented without the appointment of a Guardian Ad Litem.
Due to the confidential nature of juvenile cases, J&DR District Court data is not posted online. At present, there is no searchable database for information about adult cases in the J&DR District Courts like there are for General District or Circuit Court cases.
Please read Virginia Code § 16.1-305 regarding confidentiality of juvenile court cases. Call the Clerk’s Office for information about a case 804-748-1379.
Please fax a picture of your photo ID along with a written request specifically indicating which court records you need a copy of. Our fax number is 804-717-6043.
Please refer to Virginia Code § 16.1-305 regarding the confidentiality of juvenile case records. The Clerk’s Office cannot give out certain information over the phone without being certain of your identity. In many circumstances, we would like to be able to help you, but due to strict confidentiality laws, we must be extremely careful.
Please email the Clerk of Court if you have questions about the confidentiality of court records, or if you have a complaint regarding the Clerk’s Office.
Please email the Clerk of Court if you have a complaint about the Clerk’s Office or the court.
While we can provide answers to procedural questions, court staff are unable to provide legal advice. You may need to seek the advice of a lawyer.
Email the Clerk of Court.
You may wish to file a Motion to Reopen/Rehear (Form DC-368 (PDF)/Instructions (PDF)). In criminal cases, a Motion to Reopen must be filed within 60 days. In civil cases, a Motion to Rehear must be filed within 30 days.
Please see the Court’s Continuance Policy and Continuance Request Form (PDF).
Please file a Request for Expedited Hearing (PDF).
Please make sure you articulate the exact reasons your case should be set ahead of everyone else.
Please note: while the Court understands that sensitive matters such as child custody, visitation, and child support are extremely emergent to each individual’s family, we cannot possibly grant every emergency hearing request.
Please limit requests to those of a truly emergent nature where someone’s life, physical, or emotional well-being are in danger.
Please see the Court’s website for detailed information regarding custody, visitation and child support.
Please see the Court’s website for detailed information regarding filing a Show Cause.
Please see the Court’s brochure (PDF) for more information.
Please fill out the Foreign Language Request form (PDF) to request an interpreter.
If it has been more than 10 days and you have missed your appeal period, you may wish to file a Motion to Reopen/Rehear (Form DC-368 (PDF)/Instructions (PDF)). In criminal cases, a Motion to Reopen must be filed within 60 days. In civil cases, a Motion to Rehear must be filed within 30 days.
Please fill out a copy request form and fax it to 804-717.6043.
The Court will mail notice to the Sheriff’s Office serving court papers for the jurisdiction wherein the other party resides. You will not need to do anything other than provide us the correct Virginia address.
The Court does not arrange for service out of state; however, we do send notice to the opposing party via certified mail. If you would like to arrange for an out of state Sheriff’s Office or constable to serve the opposing party, you will need to arrange for service and provide payment that the Clerk’s Office will then send out of state.
First, you must provide the correct foreign mailing address. The Court will send (via registered mail), notice to the other party.
Yes, however, you will have to find a private process server yourself and arrange payment directly with them. Please notify the Clerk’s Office as soon as possible that you want a private process server to handle service and we will let you know when it will be ready. The Court will prepare the notice and your private process server can pick it up at the Clerk’s Office.
You will need to fill out the Respondent’s Request for Income Deduction Order (DC-615) (PDF).
Request for Income Deduction Page
If you have a current Income Deduction Order in place and need to change the employer’s information, please fill out the Notice and Motion for Proposed Income Deduction Order (DC-617) (PDF).
You will need to fill out the appropriate court forms. (Income Deduction Orders)
Please contact the Judges’ Assistant, Jill Bryant, at 804-751-4115 or by email.
Please contact the Court’s Accountant, Trish Black, at 804-751-4783 or by email.
Under the Appropriations Act of 2002, parents are responsible for paying the costs of court-ordered Guardians Ad Litem for children, if so ordered by the Court.
Please see Virginia Code § 16.1-266. [law changing 7/1/18 - will codify the Appropriations Act]
The Court does not arrange for service out of state; however, we do send notice to the opposing party via certified mail. If you would like to arrange for an out of state Sheriff’s Office or constable to serve the opposing party, you will need to follow these steps:
Find out which non-Virginia sheriff’s office or local constable serves civil process in the jurisdiction where the non-Virginia resident lives
Call their civil process division and find out how much it costs for out-of-state service
Provide the address of the non-Virginia party and the address of the non-Virginia sheriff’s office/constable to the Clerk’s Office
Provide a money order or certified check made payable to the non-Virginia’s sheriff’s office/constable to the Clerk’s Office to be sent with the notice
Provide all of this information at least 30 days before your hearing; information provided less than 30 days may result in the non-Virginia party not being notified
First, you must provide the correct foreign mailing address. The Court will send (via registered mail), notice to the other party.
Please check all media outlets (Local CBS, ABC, and NBC). You can also follow the Court on [email protected] to find out about all weather- and emergency-related closings. In the event court has a delayed opening, all morning dockets are cancelled and will be continued.
Please fill out the Motion to Withdraw and fax it to 804-717.6043.
During the intake process of a juvenile, a staff member will call to notify you of your child’s placement in detention. We will address any questions you may have at that time and you will be given an opportunity to speak briefly with your child.
Detention hearings are held at the Chesterfield Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. Usually, detention hearings are held at 10 a.m. on the next business day after a juvenile has been brought to the Juvenile Detention Home. The Code of Virginia specifies that a juvenile is entitled to a detention hearing within 72 hours of arrest.
The court is located at:7000 Lucy Corr BoulevardChesterfield, VA 23832Phone: 804-748-1379
Contact the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Clerk’s Office, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. by calling 804-748-1379. During non-court working hours, call the magistrate at 804-748-1410.
Use the following address:9600 Krause RoadChesterfield, VA 23832
Yes. State law requires that juveniles attend school while in detention, even if the youth has graduated or has received a G.E.D.
For more information, please see Education Services.
Yes. Religious activities are offered regularly and participation is strictly voluntary. Parents or an assigned probation officer may make special arrangements during business hours for individual religious counseling.
For more information, please call 804-748-1460 and ask to speak with an administrator.
If your child is defiant and out of control, call Mental Health Support Services at 804-768-7204. Parents with challenges may also wish to contact Prevention Services for a consultation at 804-768-7800.
No. All youths are placed in detention by court order. The Juvenile Detention Home does not have any type of “scared straight” program. While popularized in the media, research and evidence suggests that such programs tend to have the opposite effect on a youth.
For resources please contact Mental Health Support Services at 804-768-7204 or Prevention Services at 804-768-7800.
Call the Chesterfield Department of Youth and Family Services at 804-796-7100.
We are unable to determine what time youth will return from court because they are transported as a group by the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Department. If your child is being released from court we recommend you call the Juvenile Detention Home at 804-748-1460 and leave a phone number where you can be contacted. Once your child returns from court and we have all necessary paperwork, we will call you.
The release process is not lengthy. Please bring a valid, government-issued photo ID with you when you come to pick up your child. There is no need to bring a change of clothes. Your child will change into the clothes they wore when first arriving at detention. There will be a few forms to sign before your child is released. To protect the confidentiality of other residents, no cell phones will be permitted in the intake vestibule/intake area. Additionally, only children 12 years old and younger will be permitted in the intake vestibule/intake area with a parent/guardian.
The Home Incarceration Program (HIP) is an alternative to secure detention and includes Outreach and Electronic Monitoring. All juveniles referred by the court must be screened for eligibility by a Home Incarceration Officer. If your child is found to be eligible for HIP, the Home Incarceration Officer will meet with you and your child to discuss program requirements.
For more information, please see Alternative Programs.
A youth who was sentenced by the court to a set number of days in detention may be released after those days at the time they were admitted to the Juvenile Detention Home once they returned from court. For example, a juvenile who was sentenced to three days in detention and returned to the Juvenile Detention Home from court on Monday at 3:15 p.m. could be released on Thursday at 3:15 p.m.
Your child must arrive at the detention home after 6 p.m. on the Friday of the weekend his or her detention starts. The child can then be picked up at the same time on Sunday as he or she arrived on Friday. For example, a child dropped off at 7:15 p.m. on Friday can be picked up at 7:15 on Sunday.
If your child has been court ordered to the Weekend Work Program, you must first sign him or her up by meeting with the Program Coordinator at the Detention Home. After your child has been accepted into the Weekend Work Program, he or she may be dropped off between 8:15 and 8:30 a.m. in the big parking lot on the side of the building (near the picnic tables). Pick-up is at 3:30 p.m. same day, same location.
School counseling offices are notified within two days of a student’s entry into the detention home school. There are times when students are placed in the detention home, but do not attend school (either they refuse or they have been restricted to their room by detention staff). You will not be notified until the student attends school.
For expediency purposes, it is best to fax the records to us at 804-717-6454. If not possible, please send them to the Detention Center via the Chesterfield pony mail at the following address:Chesterfield County Juvenile Detention Home9600 Krause RoadChesterfield, VA 23832
For those outside of Chesterfield County, please use U.S. mail. Teacher work can be emailed, ponied or faxed.
School starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 2:45 p.m. (with a 30 minute lunch). We have a 7-period day, with classes lasting 50 to 55 minutes each. In addition to the core academic subjects, all students take Personal Finance and Economics, H/PE, Reading and Music.
Some students, who are in the Post Dispositional program and have earned a certain level, may attend their home school during the day. This is a rarity but does happen on occasion.
Yes. We encourage this. Conversely, detention home teachers might contact the home school teachers if they need information or clarification. We are all in this together!
Students are able to work on-line here at the facility.
Unfortunately, no. We do not have teachers certified as AP teachers.
Yes, and we can conduct official G.E.D. testing here as well.
Please note that:
Yes. The fees are paid to the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Clerk's Office. Their phone number is 804-748-1379. The associated fees are:
Please Note: The Court Services Unit does not collect the money.
You can contact the Chesterfield Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Clerk's Office and file a "motion to amend" the existing court order:7000 Lucy Corr BoulevardChesterfield, VA 23832Phone: 804-748-1379
The Chesterfield Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court has the authority to issue protective orders to prevent further acts of violence or threats of violence from:
Please be advised: Just because an emergency protective order was issued by the magistrate does not guarantee a petition for a protective order will be issued. If there is probable cause to issue a petition, the intake officer will assist you with the next steps.
A juvenile must first be alleged to have committed a crime and arrested:
Call the police at 804-748-1251. It is always better to have the professionals investigate alleged crimes. The police know what to do and how to navigate the criminal justice process.
You cannot. The Code of Virginia does not allow for the dissemination of information regarding a juvenile's criminal record, court involvement or probation status except in certain specific situations.
Juveniles can only be placed in detention for very specific reasons as stated in the Code of Virginia. Anyone, adult or child, who is at risk of being incarcerated, has certain rights and is allowed legal representation to ensure the initial and continued incarceration is legal and an appropriate result of criminal behavior.
If your child was represented in court by a lawyer, contact that lawyer to get answers to your questions. In general, "evidence sufficient" means there was not a finding of guilt made by the judge but there is enough evidence to find your child guilty. This is often done in an effort to have your child demonstrate good behavior and earn a dismissal of the charge.
The judge will tell you and your child in court. Right after the hearing, you and your child would have signed temporary probation rules. In a few days the assigned probation officer would have called you to set up an appointment to establish the permanent rules and the supervision plan.
Please note: Not everyone who goes to court is on supervised probation.
No. As long as your child is home, call the assigned probation officer and leave him or her a message. The probation officer will call you back to learn the details of the violation. If your child does not come home at all or his or her whereabouts are unknown, call the assigned probation officer and provide the details.
Some of the transportation providers have vehicles that are equipped with lifts or ramps to assist passengers who need to board while using wheelchairs, walkers or other devices. There is no additional charge to ride on these vehicles. Inform the reservations agent of this need when the reservation is made.
Drivers will assist passengers into and out of the vehicle, and will assist with small packages.
Portable oxygen tanks are permitted on the vans. The passenger must be in full control of the tank or be traveling with an aide who can assist with this control.
A service animal, such as a seeing-eye dog, is permitted on the vans. Make sure that the reservation agent is aware that the passenger will have a service animal when making a reservation. Pets are not permitted.
For the safety of all riders, passengers are required to wear seat belts when riding in a van.
During inclement weather, there may be times when the Access On Demand and Access Chesterfield are not operating on a normal schedule. Every effort will be made to provide minimal service interruption for those customers who need life-sustaining services, such as dialysis. Please contact the service provider directly for more information during these periods.
Archers must be 9 years old for Intro Classes and Star Shooters Youth Archery Club.
All archery equipment is provided for Intro classes, Beyond the Basic classes, Star Shooters Club, and Adult Social Shoot. Archers must provide their own equipment for JOAD and Adult Practice. Archers using the Rockwood Park public range will also need their own equipment. We do not rent out equipment for the public range.
Yes, Chesterfield County has a public range at Rockwood Park behind shelter 4. This range is first-come, first-served and archers must bring their own equipment. The instructional range at Rockwood Nature Center and the range located behind Chesterfield Technical Center at Hull Street Road are for Chesterfield County program use only and are not open to the public for general use.
The instructional range is beside Rockwood Nature Center. Do not follow signs to the public range at Rockwood Park; follow signs for the Nature Center.
No. They would need to take either the Star Shooters New Archer Intro or take one of our Intro to Archery classes. The exception is if they were in Camp Red Tail Hawk and took archery with a trained Chesterfield County Archery Instructor. Other summer camps do not teach the same content that we teach during our Intro class.
Yes, if the Intro class is taken within a year before the Star Shooters class for which you are registering.
To be in JOAD, archers must have previously taken two sessions of Star Shooters and bring their own bow, arrows, and hip quiver.
Yes. We offer Adult Intro to Archery, 50 Plus Intro to Archery, Beyond the Basics, Adult Practice and Adult Social Shoot.
Yes. Please contact Ashley Weatherford for more information.
Please contact Ashley Weatherford. Department policy requires that requests for refunds must be made in writing three days prior to the start of the program.
To view a list of current closings and cancellations, please go to our Adverse Weather / Field Closings Status page, or call 804-748-1001 after 4 p.m.
Find the right athletic association for your child by visiting our Youth Sports page.
Adult leagues in Chesterfield County are operated through co-sponsored groups. To learn more, visit our Adult Sports page.
If you would like to reserve any athletics facility in Chesterfield County, please email our athletics division.
For emergencies, call 911.
For non-emergencies, call 804-748-1251. You may also visit police headquarters on Iron Bridge Road or one of our district stations when a service desk officer is on duty. A service desk officer is on duty at police headquarters 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Service desk officers are on duty at the district stations from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. If you wish to make a report over the phone, call 804-748-1269.
To make a speeding or traffic safety complaint, call the Chesterfield County Police Department's Traffic Hotline at 804-318-8084 or email the Police Department.
Yes. To request a check of your residence while you are away, call 804-748-1269 or 804-748-1258.
You may request a check of your Chesterfield County criminal history record by appearing in person at Records Customer Service during regular business hours.
For more information, including fees, visit our Police Records page.
The police department's Records Section will provide limited fingerprinting services under certain circumstances. The Records Unit is normally open for fingerprinting from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
If you need to be fingerprinted, please arrive by 3:45 p.m. You must have two valid forms of identification, and at least one of the two must include a photo. For more information, visit our Police Records page.
Visit our Police Records page for more information about available records and fees.
The Chesterfield County Police Department offers a variety of options for businesses and organizations seeking to hire off-duty officers for one-time events or continuous assignments. For more information, visit our Hire an Off-Duty Officer page, email our off-duty employment coordinator or call them at 804-717-6162.
Yes, the Police department offers a ride-along program for county residents. Residents who would like to participate in a ride along must be 18 years of age, submit a written application and agree to submit to a criminal history check. Applications are available at headquarters and every district station. For more information, email our off-duty employment coordinator or call them at 804-717-6162.
Yes, the police department's Neighborhood Watch program was established in 1976. For more information on our Neighborhood Watch program, visit our Neighborhood Watch page.
The Chesterfield County Police Department offers a variety of career opportunities, both sworn and civilian. To view job listings or learn how to apply, visit Chesterfield County’s employment opportunities listing. For more information on careers with the police department, visit Police Hiring.
You must appear in person before a Magistrate. The Magistrate's Office adjoins the Chesterfield County Jail, which is located at:6900 Mimms DriveChesterfield, VA 23832
If you are in danger or need immediate assistance, call 911. For non-emergencies, call the police at 804-748-1251. You can also call the Virginia Family Violence and Sexual Assault 24-hour Hotline at 1-800-838-8238. Visit the Domestic and Sexual Violence Resource Center website or contact the police department’s domestic violence coordinator Tana Mooney by emailing her or by calling 804-318-8110 for more information.
If you have given money or prepaid cards to anyone who contacted you over the internet or by phone and you think it is a scam, report it to our police department by calling 804-748-1269. If you have been contacted by someone over the internet and you did not give them money, but you would still like to report it, you can file a report at FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) website. If you were contacted by phone but did not send any money, you can report that at the Federal Trade Commission website. You can also visit our Fraud-Related Resources page for more information.
The Chesterfield County Circuit Court Clerk's Office handles applications for concealed handgun permits.
Members of the police department are available to speak to community groups on a variety of topics. To invite a representative of the police department to attend or speak at your meeting, contact the Community Services Division by calling 804-318-8699 at least 30 days before your event.
You must be 21 years old at the time you complete the field training program. Seventy years is the maximum age for policing as set forth in the Code of Virginia 51.1-205.
Processing for the LawFit Work Performance test starts promptly at 8:30 a.m. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early.
Testing is held at:
Eanes-Pittman Public Safety Training Center6610 Public Safety WayChesterfield, VA 23832
You must bring your completed background packet and a government issued photo ID.
We start promptly at 8:30 a.m. and work to get everyone through in a timely manner.
If you complete the LawFit Work Performance test but receive a failing score you will not proceed in the hiring process until you retake and pass the LawFit Work Performance test.
If you are unable to complete the LawFit Work Performance test due to injury, illness, etc., you must email the Police Personnel Division and reschedule your test.
If you need to change your test date, we will work to accommodate your needs. Please email the Police Personnel Division to reschedule your test date, or if you decide to withdraw from the hiring process.
We value our employees and applicants who are veterans and we will work with you as best we can. The entire hiring process can take several months to complete; therefore, starting at least six months before you get out would be a good idea. Please call one of our recruiters at 804-796-7169 or our office at 804-748-1547 if you need any further assistance.
We do not cover hotel expenses for out-of-state applicants in the initial phases of the hiring process. Should you proceed to the later stages, we will provide assistance with hotel expenses in some cases.
Yes, as part of the background process we need you to speak to your neighbors. Look at it as an opportunity to say "Hi" and get to know them. If there are special circumstances, please let us know and we will be happy to work with you.
List as many as you can with as much information as possible. It could be that you only know the city and state. If so, please list that.
State law (Code of Virginia 15.2-1705) prohibits the hiring of a convicted felon as a police officer. Misdemeanor convictions (except those involving moral turpitude, including petite larceny, misdemeanor sex offenses, or domestic assault) are examined on a case-by-case basis. It will not automatically exclude you from consideration.
A candidate's history is considered as a part of the background process. A possession conviction would be evaluated based on history and circumstances.
Driving histories are part of an individual's background. Many things are taken into consideration during the hiring process and a decision will be made based on the entirety of that process.
Interviews are scheduled after testing and pre-screening of the background packets. It could take a few weeks before you are called.
Delays may result from incomplete or inaccurate background packets being submitted. Please make sure your packet is filled out accurately and completely. Willful omissions will result in disqualification.
We do not disclose the reasons for a candidate’s removal from the process. If you wish to reapply, you must wait at least 12 months from the date of your letter. Once your application is received, it will be reviewed to determine if you are eligible to test.
The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors established the tax rate. The real estate tax rate is established each year after two separate public hearings have been held by the County Board of Supervisors - one hearing on the tax rate and one hearing on the budget. The 2022 tax rate is $.92 per $100 of assessed value.
Real estate taxes are calculated by multiplying the property's assessed value by the current tax rate. For example, if the tax rate is $0.92 per $100 of assessed value and the property is assessed at $100,000, you multiply $100,000 by .0092, which gives you an annual tax of $920.
Annual Real Estate Assessments are effective January 1st of each year.
On or before February 1st of each year, assessment notices are mailed to all property owners. At that time, if a property owner has a question about their assessment, they can contact or visit the Assessor's Office. Staff is available to answer questions about the assessment and will make available information relating to the assessed value.
Generally speaking, no. However, repairs that materially enhance the value of the property or repairs that recapture a loss in value that previously resulted in a lower assessment will most likely result in an increased assessment.
The assessed values of buildings that have been affected by such damages are adjusted through an exoneration procedure. That is, if a house burns down on February 20th, the assessment would be adjusted as of February 20th.
The most frequent cause for a change in property value is a change in the market. A shortage of houses in a desirable neighborhood may send prices soaring, while in a recession, homes may stay on the market for a longer time with some homes actually selling for less than anticipated. In good economic times, inflation alone may cause an increase in property values.
Property assessments are reviewed every year, but assessments are not necessarily changed every year.
Assessed values are based on market activity within a given area or neighborhood. Market activity (sales data) is used to establish fair market value. The fair market value of a property is defined as the price most people would pay for the property on the open market. Generally, the following steps are used in determining a property's fair market value:
The assessment ratio is the relationship between a property's assessed value and the property's selling price. This relationship is expressed as a ratio (a percentage). The assessment ratio is calculated by dividing the property's assessed value by the property's selling price.
For example, if a property is assessed at $95,000 and sold for $100,000, you divide $95,000 by $100,000 and this gives you an assessment ratio of 95%.
The State Code mandates, "... annual assessments... shall be made at 100% of fair market value" This state law was adopted in Chesterfield County effective January 1, 1977. The State Department of Taxation conducts an audit of Chesterfield's assessments annually to monitor the County's assessment to sales ratio.
Property records are available on the Internet and at the Assessor's Office.
Property owners are encouraged to contact the Assessor's Office should they have any questions. Staff are available to discuss the assessment and will make available information relating to the assessed value.
Yes, it is the same in Chesterfield County.
Find out more about Officer's of Election.
Officers of Election are required to complete training prior to working in his/her first election. This training requirement repeats every two - three years with the start of a new term of service (i.e. March 1, 2019 to February 28, 2022) or when a new legislation has passed. Chief and Deputy Chief Officers of Election are trained prior to each election in which they serve.
Payments are issued by the Chesterfield County Payroll Department within approximately 4-6 weeks after each election.
The Chief or Deputy Chief Officer will contact you approximately 30 days prior to each election to confirm your availability to work. If you are a new Officer, you will be contacted by the Registrar's Office with a precinct assignment, and the Chief or Deputy Chief of your assigned precinct will reach out to you to confirm your availability.
Find out more about Officer's of Election.
Each Officer of Election is assigned to work at his/her voting "home" precinct whenever possible; however, if there are no vacancies at the home precinct, a nearby precinct may be assigned.
All Officers of Election are eligible to vote during Absentee/Early Voting, whether assigned to his/her home precinct or not. If you are assigned to work at your home precinct, you may vote there on election day. If you are not assigned to your home precinct election day, you MUST vote absentee/early.
Election Officials must arrive at their assigned polling place no later than 5 AM, and MUST remain until every person in line at 7 PM has cast his/her ballot, all election results have been reported, and all election supplies and equipment are stored properly for pick up the following day. The Chief Officer will assign you to a role, i.e. Voting booth Officer, Ballot Officer, Scanner Officer etc..
Election Officials are asked to wear appropriate dress. No political paraphernalia, including items or accessories that display candidate information or party preference.
Visit the Department of Elections on how to Register to Vote.
View your current information and submit changes using the Virginia Department of Elections Citizen portal.
See the Department of Elections on how to vote absentee/early. Absentee/Early voting begins 45 days prior to the election and ends the Saturday before the election. Valid identification is required.
Find out more information on voting absentee.
Yes, a witness signature is required according to the Code of Virginia.
§ 24.2-707. How ballots marked and returned
On receipt of a mailed absentee ballot, the voter shall, in the presence of a witness, (i) open the sealed envelope marked "ballot within" and (ii) mark and refold the ballot, as provided in §§ 24.2-644 and 24.2-646 without assistance and without making known how he marked the ballot, except as provided by § 24.2-704.
Track your vote by mail ballot using Ballot Scout. Ballot Scout is an application that tracks domestic ballots sent through the mail using United States Postal Service (USPS) Intelligent Mail barcodes. Ballot Scout was created by Democracy Works, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization, and is used here in partnership with your local election office. After you sign up, Ballot Scout will send a text and/or email whenever your ballot moves to a new status. When you sign up, if your ballot has already started traveling, you will not receive notifications for any of the previous statuses. Once mailed, your ballot will typically take between 2-5 days to be delivered. Please note, the estimated delivery date is determined based on a piece of USPS scan data that is received when the ballot has been tagged as out for delivery from your local postal facility, not that it has arrived in your mailbox.
View a brief video on how Ballot Scout works.
Visit the Virginia Department of Elections polling place lookup tool for your voting precinct.
Chesterfield County uses Election Systems and Software (ES&S) voting equipment. The DS200 Optical Scanner and ExpressVote. For further information please see the DS200 Security Bulletin.
Find registration statistics for Virginia voters updated monthly on the Virginia Department of Elections site.
Temporary signs, known as limited duration signs in Sec. 19.1-278 of the county ordinance, are easy to procure, inexpensive and simple to install. They can provide an effective way to advertise. There are legal limits on where such signs may be posted in Chesterfield County.
Illegally installed temporary signs in the public right-of-way are subject to removal, citation and/or fines, per Virginia code section 33.2-1224.
Applying for a PermitApply for a temporary sign permit by using the Community Development Division's Enterprise Land Management (ELM) Citizen Access Portal. After creating an account in ELM, apply for a limited duration sign permit by following these instructions (PDF). View more information about the ELM portal. Questions? Contact Planning.
Candidates for office must meet certain qualifications and are required to file specific documents in order to qualify to appear on the ballot. Find out if you are qualified.
Any person convicted of a felony loses their right to vote in Virginia and that right can only be restored by the Governor of Virginia. You can find out more information, check the current status of your civil rights, and apply to have your rights restored through the Secretary of the Commonwealth .
The Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Restoration Department can be contacted directly at 804-692-0104.
Once your rights have been restored you must register to vote before you can qualify to receive a ballot at the next election.
A provisional ballot is a ballot used to record the vote of an individual whose eligibility to vote cannot be confirmed at the polling location on election day by election officials.
If the Officers of Election cannot find your name in the pollbook or there is some other question regarding your eligibility to vote (such as you received an absentee/vote-by-mail ballot). A provisional ballot is designed to protect your right to vote by allowing you to submit a ballot that will be counted if the underlying question of your eligibility can be resolved.
Additionally, if you go to your polling place and do not have proper ID, you will have to vote a provisional ballot. Follow the instructions given to you by the Officers of Election so that you can provide your ID by the deadline, and your vote will be counted.
You can use the "Who's My Legislator?" service to determine who your representatives are.
All bonding activities take place at the Magistrate's Office, which adjoins the Chesterfield County Jail.
To receive bond information, speak with an on duty Magistrate by calling 804-748-1410. The Magistrate's Office is open 24 / 7 and bonds may be posted at any time.
A third party posts a bond. This may be accomplished through friends, family or bonding companies. Bonding companies may be found on the internet.
All inmates being released can be picked up at the side gate adjacent to the Magistrate's Office.
The following applies for releases:
Complete the Attorney Access Card Request form (PDF).
Chesterfield Community Corrections10111 Krause RoadChesterfield, VA 23832Phone: 804-717-2250
Any questions not covered can be referred to the on-duty County Jail Supervisor at 804-748-1829 or 804-768-7327.
Court fines are paid in the clerk's office of the court having jurisdiction of the case:
9500 Courthouse RoadChesterfield, VA 23832Phone: 804-748-1241
Contact the Magistrates Office by calling 804-748-1410 or go to the Magistrate's Office:6900 Mimms DriveChesterfield, VA 23832
If the person is going to jail, they will be transported as soon as possible depending on transportation workloads (several minutes to a couple of hours).
If the person is going to be released, they have to go through a verification process that could take up to 30 minutes. Once released the individual will be escorted to the lobby area outside of the courtrooms.
Call 804-796-7197 for further information.
Hiring for positions within the Sheriff's Office is done through the Chesterfield County Human Resources Department located at:9901 Lori RoadRoom 305Chesterfield, VA 23832
You can access a 24-hour job line by calling 804-768-7777 or through Human Resources.
The main responsibilities of the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office are to:
Though all Sheriff's Deputies maintain and use arrest authority, the Chesterfield County Police Department is the agency responsible for the majority of criminal investigations, as well as traffic enforcement and patrol duties in the county.
Records has temporarily suspended in-person appointments. Please call 804-748-1260 for assistance or contact the Records Section by email.
The Records Section will provide limited fingerprinting services under certain conditions. The individual requesting these services must have two valid forms of identification, at least one of which must include a photo. Individuals requesting fingerprinting services must schedule an appointment by calling 804-748-1260. For more information.
Call 804-748-1261, or go to the first-floor security station at the Circuit / General District Courthouse:9500 Courthouse RoadChesterfield, VA 23832
Please call 804-748-1476 to access the jail automated information system.
Please call the County Jail at 804-748-1466.
All correspondence with inmates must take place through the mail service. To send mail to an inmate include the inmate's name and inmate number. Sent mail to:Chesterfield County JailP. O. Box 758Chesterfield, VA 23832
Pay by one of the following options:
A usage fee will apply to any of the above deposits / options.
The Chesterfield County Jail cannot accept cashier’s checks or money orders for deposit into an inmate’s account.
Yes, by going online and visiting JailATM.
To obtain information regarding when inmates can order canteen or questions related to inmate commissary, please call the Canteen Office at 804-748-1488.
The following items can be accepted at the County Jail front lobby on behalf of inmates between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday:
Visitation times are:
Saturday through Sunday from 6:00 am to 10:30 pm
• All visitors must be 18 years or older
• Visitors under 18 are required to be accompanied by an adult.
• No more than three additional family members or friends are allowed on a single video visit.
• Valid identification must be presented to staff by the primary visitor at the time of check-in.
• All IDs must have a photo, date of birth, and current address.
• All video visits (off jail premises and on jail premises) are recorded and monitored by jail security staff.
• Any video visits will be terminated without warning if any of the following violations are detected:
Out-of-Town Visits-must be pre-approved by a Jail Supervisor. If approved, you must produce a valid picture ID, and there is a four-person maximum. To be pre-approved, please call 804-748-1829 or 804-768-7327.
Inmate phone calls at the time of incarceration are free and last three minutes.
After the inmate is moved to a regular housing area (normally within one day), all inmate calls become "collect calls" and may last up to 30 minutes.
The inmate phone system vendor for the Chesterfield County Jail is ViaPath Technologies
For information regarding receiving phone calls and blocking phone calls, please call a ViaPath representative at 866-230-7761.
For information on current rates, pre-payment, calling a cell phone and/or any other related questions, please call a ViaPath representative at 877-650-4249.
Messages cannot be passed to inmates unless the message is of an emergency nature such as family illness, death, etc. The message will be verified as being an emergency by the Sheriff's Office prior to delivering it to the inmate. To have an emergency message forwarded please contact the County Jail.
Call 804-748-1460 or visit:9600 Krause RoadChesterfield, VA 23832
Please note: The Sheriff's Office has no affiliation with the Juvenile Detention Center.
File this paperwork with the Juvenile and Domestic Court Clerk's Office:
7000 Lucy Corr BoulevardChesterfield, VA 23832
Go to the Court Services Unit located on the first floor of the Juvenile and Domestic Courthouse:7000 Lucy Corr BoulevardChesterfield, VA 23832
Note: If an order for custody or support is already in place and you want to amend that order, you need to go to the Juvenile Court Clerk's Office.
Go to the Circuit Court Clerk's Office:
Go to the Treasurer's Office:9901 Lori RoadRoom 101Chesterfield, VA 23832Phone: 804-748-1201
Once you have received your business license, you need to register the business name with the Circuit Clerk's Office:9500 Courthouse RoadChesterfield, VA 23832Phone: 804-748-1241
Please call the Chesterfield Police Department at 804-748-1269.
The inmate will have to sign a property release form authorizing you to accept the property. Visit the County Jail lobby to have the form completed:6900 Mimms DriveChesterfield, VA 23832
Note: The original clothing items that an inmate was wearing at the time of their incarceration cannot be released.
Call 804-748-1261 or go to the Sheriff's Office ground floor security office:9500 Courthouse RoadChesterfield, VA 23832
Go to the front lobby of the County Jail and ask for the assistance of a Deputy Sheriff:6900 Mimms DriveChesterfield, VA 23832
Go to the General District Clerk's Office:9500 Courthouse RoadChesterfield, VA 23832
Paperwork for this process is located outside the Clerk's Office in the lobby.
Contact the Sheriff's Office Civil Process Unit at 804-751-4412 or 804-748-1997.
Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services offers various employment services and programs free of charge to all residents of Chesterfield County and the City of Colonial Heights.
Services offered include:
To learn more about employment services through Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services.
There are several ways to apply for benefits:
The toll-free number is 866-281-2448, and they are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you misplace your card, contact your Medicaid worker regarding a replacement card.
You can renew your case on line at Commonhelp, or by calling Cover Virginia at 855-242-8282.
There are a several options for long term services and supports. If you meet the criteria, you may choose from several services:
To learn more, view the Long Term Services and Supports page.
For information on providers, you may call the Medicaid Member Hotline at 804-786-6145 or visit the Department of Medical Assistance Services website and complete a provider search.
You will no longer have Long Term Services and Supports if you don’t have Medicaid insurance. Medicaid pays for your services.
Please respond to all mail from Social Services and Medicaid.
For questions about your Medicaid case please call your Medicaid worker. If you don’t know your worker please call Customer Care at 804-748-1100.
Keep in mind that changes, renewals, and reapplications can be completed by calling Cover Virginia at 855-635-4370 or by visiting Commonhelp.
Advanced metering uses two-way communications between the water meter and the Utilities Department. It provides real-time water meter readings to ensure accurate and timely processing within the billing system. Also, customers will have access to their water consumption through the integrated customer portal that will allow them to make informed decisions regarding their water usage.
Advanced water meters are equipped with electronic endpoints that collects and securely transmits meter readings via cellular networks to the secure cloud-based software system used by the Utilities Department. The meters maintain readings in 15-minute intervals and sends that information to the Utilities Department several times a day.
Advanced metering will enhance customer service by providing customers the ability to view their usage information via a customer portal that can be accessed through an app on either a desktop or mobile device (tablet, phone). Customers will be able to view high-resolution water usage data, which will expand opportunities to make informed choices about consumption usage. Concurrently, the advanced metering system will provide the Utilities Department with accurate and timely information for billing, early leak detections for customers and have information about usage readily available for customers.
Advance water meters benefit customers, the Utilities Department and the environment. Customers benefit from improved customer service, reduced estimated reads, access to meter reading information, ability to manage water usage, early notification of leaks and ability to set usage alerts. The Utilities Department will have improved responsiveness to customers and access to timely usage for billing. This project upgrade will help the environment by having fewer trucks on the roadways as the advanced meters will lessen the need to physically visit meters, reducing carbon emissions and fuel consumption. Customer awareness of usage and early water leak detection will also aid Utilities in sustaining the natural resource of water for future generations.
There is no application process or fee necessary to replace an existing meter with the advanced meter.
All Chesterfield water customers will receive an advanced meter. No current meters will be retained.
This will provide customers with the benefits available from the advanced metering system such as improved customer service, reduced estimated reads, access to meter reading information, ability to manage water usage and ability to set usage alerts.
The Utilities Department is planning to start installation of advanced meters in late summer/early fall 2021. The installation process will last over a two to three-year period and will cover our entire customer base.
Our current meter deployment plans do not provide for specific days of when customers will receive a new advanced meter; however, as the project progresses, we will inform customers in advance of when their meters are scheduled to be exchanged. The Utilities Department will send a mailed notification a few weeks prior to the installation.
This meter upgrade does not require an appointment. On the day of the upgrade, the installer will knock on the door before beginning work and will leave a door hanger after completing the work indicating the upgrade occurred that day. In cases where there is an issue with access to the meter, Chesterfield Utilities will call to schedule a time to gain access.
The meter installer will locate your meter box, containing the water meter, on your property. As water meters are located outside of the home in a meter box, meter installers will not need to enter your house to make the exchange.
If there is an issue with access to your water meter, we will make another attempt on a different day or we will call to schedule a time to gain access.
For residential customers, replacing the water meter will require the installer to briefly turn off the water. This allows the installer to remove the old meter and install the new advanced meter. Water service may be interrupted for commercial and industrial customers as well.
When the new advanced meter is installed, the installer will test the meter to ensure that it is operating properly. It is recommended that customers turn-on an outside hose bib or inside faucet for a couple of minutes to flush any air or discolored water that may occur in the service line after the installation.
The advanced meter is tested and certified from the manufacturer before shipping. Also, advanced metering technology has proven to be highly reliable and secure. It improves accuracy mostly because it eliminates the potential for human error in manual meter reading and practically eliminates any need for estimates.
The delivery and quality of water will continue to be the same high-quality water you have come to expect.
Advanced metering technology ensures that customers pay only for the water they use – no more and no less. It is important to understand that as some water meters age, they can run slower and under-register water use. When we replace your current meter, the first bill may be higher simply because the new meter is running accurately.
Your advanced meter reading is secure. Data transmitted through the system is protected and proprietary communications protocols are used. No customer-identifying data, such as names or addresses, are stored in the meters or transmitted across the network.
Your upgraded meter will transmit a unique identifier along with the meter reading data. This identifier is compared to your account record to ensure that the reading data for the correct meter has been applied to your account.
The broadcast of radio frequency signals from the advanced meter endpoint devices are well below the levels most people come in contact with on a typical day in their home. Devices such as television sets, wireless phones and cell phones all utilize radio frequency technology that provides much greater contact to radio frequency signals. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) sets requirements related to these levels, which the advanced meter endpoint devices meet.
The advance meter endpoint devices use cellular technology operating in a licensed frequency band reserved specifically for cellular communications, which safeguards against interference with other electronic devices. The advanced meter endpoint devices meet FCC requirements related to interference.
Digital photographs will be taken of the last meter reading during the meter exchange. The meter installer will provide these photographs to the Utilities Department and we will have access to them should any questions arise.
Chesterfield County’s state-certified water quality laboratory tests the water from tap water samples collected throughout the county daily. The Addison-Evans Water Production and Laboratory Facility performs an average of 58,000 tests per year. Our consistent, high-quality water meets or exceeds all applicable federal, state and county requirements. We publish an annual Water Quality Report that may answer many of your questions.
Chlorine, in the form of chloramine, is added to the water at the treatment plant to disinfect the water and ensure the water stays free of harmful bacteria in the miles of pipelines to your residence. The concentration range depends on where you reside relative to the treatment plant and the time of year. The very low, safe and effective chlorine levels in the water range from about 1.0 to 4.0 parts per million, or ppm.
The natural water’s pH can vary, so the pH or acidity of the water is controlled at the treatment plant using lime to make sure that corrosion control treatment works properly and the water coming out of your tap is consistent. The pH in our distribution system ranges from 7.0 to 8.0 pH units, which is in the neutral range.
Hardness is determined by the concentrations of dissolved calcium and magnesium carbonates naturally occurring in the water. Hardness is measured by the lab in milligrams per liter, or mg/L, which is equivalent to parts per million, or ppm. Our naturally soft water is in the range of 40 to 70 ppm, which is 2.0 to 4.0 grains per gallon.
A pinkish film or residue is most likely an airborne bacterium called Serratia marcescens. These bacteria are not present in the water supply. They are naturally present in the environment and may appear during new construction or remodeling work due to the dust and dirt stirred up by these activities. They thrive on moisture, dust and phosphates. The best way to control these bacteria is to clean the effected surfaces with bleach, or a cleanser containing bleach, and keep the area as dry as possible.
The cloudy water is most likely caused by tiny air bubbles in the water similar to the bubbles in carbonated soft drinks. After a while, the bubbles rise to the top and escape into the air. This type of cloudiness occurs most often in the winter when the relatively cold water leaves the treatment system and travels through pipes in the cold ground to your warmer home.
When you open your tap, the water is no longer trapped inside the pipes, and the oxygen immediately begins to escape or bubble to the surface. The technical term for this naturally occurring phenomenon is “off gassing.” The air bubbles are harmless, do not affect water quality, and will go away on their own.
These particles are most likely pieces of plastic from the hot water tank. There is a plastic part called the dip tube (cold water inlet tube) which deteriorates or fragments over time. These fragments flow out of the tank, through the hot water outlet and throughout a home or building’s plumbing, clogging aerators and shower-heads.
The fragments will float in a glass of water. This is not a water quality issue. A new dip tube may have to be installed or the hot water tank replaced. In some water supplies with hard water, white particles could be calcium carbonate deposits. These deposits are not an issue with Chesterfield County’s naturally soft water.
This common situation is most likely due to an actual drain odor. The rotten egg, sewer or sulfur smell, which is usually stronger in the morning and confined to a particular location, is a typical signs of drain odor coming from the u-shaped trap under the sink. As soon as the hot or cold water is turned on, the air-water interface in the trap is displaced and the odors are immediately released. The odor goes away when the water is run, but returns later.
To remedy this situation, carefully pour one cup of bleach down the affected drain and wait 15 to 20 minutes without using the water. Then, flush thoroughly with cold water. This treatment can be repeated, as needed.
Lead is a common naturally occurring metallic element that can be found in air, soil and water. It is also a powerful toxin that is harmful to human health. Lead was commonly used in gasoline and paint until the 1970s and is still sometimes found in products such as ceramics, batteries, ammunition, and cosmetics.
Lead was used for centuries in plumbing because of its pliability and resistance to leaks; in fact, lead’s chemical symbol, Pb, is derived from the Latin word for plumbing. In 1986, the U.S. Congress amended the Safe Drinking Water Act to prohibit the use of pipes, solder or flux that were not “lead free.” At the time “lead free” was defined as solder and flux with no more than 0.2% lead and pipes with no more than 8%. In 2014, the maximum allowable lead content was reduced from not more than 8% to not more than a weighted average of 0.25% of the wetted surface of pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings, and fixtures.
The drinking water distribution system in Chesterfield County does not contain lead mains nor lead service lines. We are very fortunate to have newer mains and service lines than many areas across the U.S. and have a progressive repair / replace policy to ensure the integrity of our drinking water infrastructure.
Lead is a toxic metal that can cause immediate health effects at high doses and long-term health effects if it builds up in the body over many years. Lead can cause brain and kidney damage in addition to adverse effects on the blood and vitamin D metabolism. Pregnant women and young children are particularly vulnerable because the physical and behavioral effects of lead occur at lower exposure levels in children than in adults. In children, low levels of exposure have been linked to central and peripheral nervous system damage, learning disabilities, shorter stature, impaired hearing, and impaired formation and function of blood cells. While people are more commonly exposed to lead through paint, soil and dust, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates infants who consume mixed formula can receive 40% to 60% of their exposure to lead from drinking water.
Because it is colorless and tasteless, lead is not readily apparent in water. In fact, the only way to know for certain whether your drinking water contains lead is to have your water tested by a certified laboratory. In Chesterfield you can contact the utilities department’s quality assurance coordinator at 804-748-1310 option 2 for information and to discuss potential water testing (including lead).
Lead is not present when water flows from the treatment facility, nor is it present in the water mains running beneath Chesterfield County. However, in some older homes, lead may be present in the pipe connecting the home to the water system, commonly known as a service line, or in the home plumbing. Lead in service pipes, plumbing or fixtures can dissolve, or particles can break off into water and end up at the tap.
Lead can be harmful even at very low levels and can accumulate in our bodies over time, so wherever possible steps should be taken to reduce or eliminate your household’s exposure. While risks vary based on individual circumstances and the amount of water consumed, no concentration of lead is considered “safe.” Households with pregnant women, infants, or young children are most vulnerable to the harmful effects of lead at low levels.
The best way to remove risks of lead in water is to completely replace all sources of lead. But there are also steps you can take right away to reduce lead levels in your water:
Households with pregnant women, infants or young children should be especially aware of the potential for lead exposure through drinking water. If you suspect there may be lead in your home plumbing, consider having your water tested at a certified laboratory by contacting the utilities department’s quality assurance coordinator at 804-748-1310 option 2. If lead is detected, consider purchasing a filter certified for lead removal or using an alternate source of water until the problem is corrected. Babies and young children are most vulnerable to the harmful effects of lead at low levels. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates infants who consume mixed formula can receive 40% to 60% of their exposure to lead from drinking water.
Lead is not absorbed through the skin. Bathing or showering in water containing lead is not considered a health risk.
Our department is proactive in protecting our customers. To prevent lead from dissolving into water from lead service lines or home plumbing, we adjust the water’s chemistry at the treatment plant to minimize the potential for corrosion. This process is known as corrosion control. We sample water at homes considered to be high risk to ensure our corrosion control remains effective. Although corrosion control can reduce risks, the best way to assure your home is safe from lead exposure from drinking water is to remove the potential sources of lead.
Homes built after 1986 are required to use plumbing materials with substantially reduced lead content. If you are concerned, consider having your water tested by contacting the utilities department’s quality assurance coordinator at 804-748-1310 option 2.
No, if you purchase a water filter or home treatment device it is important to make sure it is independently certified for lead removal and that it is maintained properly. Find out more on filter certification at the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) website.
Lead can impact animals the same way it does humans. Because domestic animals consume a relatively high volume of water relative to their body weight, pet owners with lead in their home plumbing may want to take precautions.
No, lead in drinking water generally represents only about 20% of total exposure, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, drinking water can account for more than half of lead exposure in children because of their lower body weight.
Seasonal environmental conditions including, but not limited to, rain, drought, temperature and growth of aquatic plants in the water source can contribute to changes in taste and odor in the drinking water. Geosmin and Methyl-Isoborneol (MIB) are common reasons that contribute to an earthy taste and odor.
Geosmin and Methyl-Isoborneol (MIB) are naturally occurring compounds in surface water systems such as lakes and rivers. The compounds produce a very strong, earthy or moldy taste and odor. In fact, Geosmin provides the characteristic earthy flavor in red beets and may be found in other fruits and vegetables providing a musty flavor. Geosmin can be detected by humans as low as 10 nanograms per liter. A nanogram is one millionth of a milligram. Or in other words, as small as one cent of ten billion dollars. These compounds are usually associated with aquatic plants in lakes and reservoirs during certain times of the year. The compounds can sometimes pass through a water treatment plant and become noticeable.
Geosmin and MIB produce a musty, earthy smell and taste in drinking water. Both compounds are not harmful at levels present in drinking water.
Some kinds of algae and bacteria present in lake and river water naturally produce Geosmin and MIB. An increase in this production typically happens during late spring to early fall when water temperatures are warm.
Geosmin and MIB are removed during the water treatment process but at times may still be noticeable. Water treatment facilities that provide water to Chesterfield County employ activated carbon that is effective in reducing Geosmin and MIB levels. Adjustments to treatment systems are done but sometimes Geosmin and MIB may still remain noticeable in the water system for several days to weeks.
While the drinking water can be aesthetically unpleasing, the water is safe to drink. This is a harmless and temporary condition which can affect a surface water system at any time.
The water treatment facilities that provide drinking water the Chesterfield County perform multiple tests on a regular basis. Such tests range from monitoring the quality of water in lake and river water sources to testing treated drinking water leaving the plant and arriving to a customer’s location. When a taste or odor issue is detected by the treatment plant or reported by customers, adjustments to plant treatment such as adding more activated carbon and optimizing filtration processes occurs along with additional testing. The county’s Department of Utilities also sends crews out to flush areas where customers report a taste and odor issue. Line flushes help to remove older water in the lines and replace with fresher tasting water.
Optimizing the treatment process at a water plant to remove taste and odor compounds can take several days or longer due to multiple factors. Such factors include the type and amount of odor or taste compound present, the amount of water being treated and adjusting water treatment chemical additives to remove the taste and odor compounds. In addition, it can take a week or longer for the now optimized treated water to work through the miles of pipes connecting the water plant to our customers.
Customers can fill a pitcher or similar container with tap water and add some lemon juice (2-3 drops per 8-ounce glass) and chill the water in the refrigerator. The lemon juice and colder temperatures helps to balance out the taste and odor. In addition, using a drinking water filter that contains activated carbon can reduce odors and improve the taste.
If you have further questions or concerns about the quality of your water, contact the Chesterfield County Utilities Laboratory at 804-748-1310, option 2.